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Despite the cold and the thin air, a family of five members walk on deadly snow turned into black ice on the Kashmir valley in the inner Himalayas. As the glaciers melt in the higher Himalayas, waters pours in the crevices and carved tunnels inside the ice.
Life for these mountain people has always been a challenge. More so with the earthquake induced landslides caused by the Indian plate continuously moving north under the Eurasian plate at a rate of 45mm a year.
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Vessel shop on wheels. A motorist is carrying vessels in his vehicle in a perfect balance.
Photographed in Karnataka, India.
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“They shine like diamonds beneath evening moonbeams and glow like amber under a setting sun.” If there was one place on Earth where we can see the power of raw nature and the fragility of life it must be here in the Himalayas!
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We are watching…three donkeys as seen on a street in the southern Indian state of Karnataka seem to be saying that.
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A sacred bull adorned with currency around his neck in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka.
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The state of the wildlife!
Cougar also know as the mountain lion, puma, panther is an ambush predator and pursues a wide variety of prey. It’s is native to the americas and it’s range spreads across Canada to South America. There are several subspecies of cougar. One mountain lion subspecies – the Florida Panther is listed as critically endangered with less than 100 individuals. Across the US an estimated 30,000 cougars live in the wild. Increasing habitat loss and hunting for sports has caused decline in the population.
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A heard of Pashmina goats and sheep in the lower Himalayas. Pashmina is the indigenous name for cashmere used by the mountain people throughout the Himalayan region. The Pashmina goats are raised primarily at higher elevations. Kashmir Pashmina wool is know to be the world’s finest measuring 12-15 microns in fabric thickness. Because of Kashmir conflict and the die-off of animals in Ladakh due to blizzards, the neighbouring country China has been able to dominate Pashmina productions in the past few decades.
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Life is all about balance!
A man performing a fine act of balance on a bicycle.
Photographed in Karnataka, India.
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A bird’s eye view of Acadia National Park — which looks like a world map from the sky — one of untouched landscapes located in the state of Maine in the USA.
This national park spreads across 47, 000-acre in the Atlantic coast and reserves much of Mount Desert Island and associated smaller islands along the coast.
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Life: Bent Not Broken… Wordsworth’s Leech Gatherer better describes her: Her body was bent double; feet and head coming together in Life’s pilgrimage…This old lady helps herself to lead a life.
Photographed in India – 2009
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